I had never seen view count for question less than one, but frequently I see zero count of views for the new users profile:


You could make sure by checking most of the new users from the list.

I think view count for profile should be fixed according the answer on my old question about counting for question's views.

  • Question views starts at 1 because it auto counts your view when you initially ask the question; I guess the profile views either doesn't count your views or it's cached and it isn't showing your view yet.
    – Cai
    Feb 27, 2017 at 11:04
  • @Cai 0 views is confusing me. I offer to never show 0 views at all. Easy workaround is to add if (views == 0) ++views; somewhere. P.S. one time I see viewed 1 time for an another user question (don't know how to reproduce). Feb 27, 2017 at 11:12

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For the question view count, it uses server logs and IP address counts to count the number of question views: this is not user-bound/specific! From the server log, there is no distinction between the question asker or someone else. The cache holds for 15 minutes, after that your view is counted as a new one.

The profile page number is solely the number of views from other users. Not sure how they measure this, but I am pretty sure the way this is calculated is different.

There is no need to start with 1 and count your own profile views with it. What would be the benefit of that?

  • I'm not looking for any benefits, I just would like to know: why 0 views for the profile page is OK, but 0 views for the question is bad. Feb 27, 2017 at 9:39
  • Why do you think 0 views for questions is bad? It is just a technical thing. Feb 27, 2017 at 9:40
  • Is it too hard to substract/add 1 to make counts consistent? Feb 27, 2017 at 9:42
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    For what? Why??? Feb 27, 2017 at 9:43
  • At least for uniformity. Feb 27, 2017 at 9:44
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    Of two unrelated properties? Why? Feb 27, 2017 at 9:45
  • They are not unrelated, they are both views. 0 views means that no one seen. It's wrong to show me 0 views for the page on which I'm looking right now. Feb 27, 2017 at 9:48

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